Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has questioned the purpose of the coaches after a pre-season spent largely without his first team players with the new Premier League campaign less than two weeks away.
City defeated Blackpool 4-1 on Tuesday, following comfortable wins over Barnsley and Preston North End in pre-season before their first season against Tottenham on 15 August.
Despite their good form, City are left without a string of players who have had breaks after their Euro 2020 and Copa America engagements including Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte and Ferran Torres.
“Now it’s a completely different world for all managers, so we don’t have time,” Guardiola said after the match. “Sometimes we think ‘what’s the reason the manager is here in preseason?'”
“Because we had three players, some days we have five, the seniors, then another three or four days we’ll have another three or four.
“Then one of them may have to be isolated because he flies on a plane with 150 people where one of them tested positive and they have to isolate themselves. The challenge is to adapt.
“First you have three-four-five weeks to prepare the concepts. Today it is impossible. Now the weeks go on thanks to the games and the weeks, and the weeks come to us because we don’t have time.
“We can’t talk about the ideas we want to play because we only have one month. In two or three weeks we will be fully, so it’s a little weird. We have to adapt, it is what it is ”.
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Guardiola was more optimistic about 18-year-old striker Samuel Edozie who scored his third goal in three pre-season games opening the scoring against Blackpool.
Edozie, born in Nigeria, arrived from Millwall last year and the Spaniard called him “an incredible young player”.
“Like all of them, as a young talent with a special quality, a guy who comes into the box with the intention of scoring the goal is important for the wings,” he said.
“He is an incredible young man, he has a good pace. Be patient with him. With the minutes they play well and this is important ”.
City will play against Leicester City in the Community Shield on Saturday.